Saturday, September 10, 2011
The "Wall South"
Veterans Memorial Park located in Pensacola, Florida, is the site of the only known replica of the National Vietnam Memorial which is called "Wall South." For the past 12 years Memorial Park directors hold its annual observance of Memorial Day. Over the years many dignataries have participated in these ceremonies honoring our great Nation's fallen sons and daughters. This year we were honored with the presence of Sergeant Major Robert Patterson, U.S. Army, retired, recipient of the Medal of Honor, our Nation's highest award for bravery against North Vietnamese forces.
This year's observance included representatives of a local chapter of "Quilts of Valor". Ms. Roberta Speh presented this quilt to Sergeant Major Patterson in honor of his sacrifices and services to our nation. The presentation was quite emotional as the detail pictured in this outstanding quilt was eminent.
Mr. John E. Pritchard, current president of Veterans Memorial Park, stated, "This presentation was a great gift to a great American and was received by Sergeant Major Patterson with a deep sense of humility and appreciation."